A poodle was mauled to death by an American Staffordshire Terrier at the Dubai Pet Show this weekend.
According to a report in a local daily, the mood at the annual pet exhibition and show turned from merriment to misfortune as the bigger dog locked its jaws on the poodle, shook it and then tossed it in the air.
According to an eyewitness quoted by local daily 7Days, the poodle was already dead by the time it landed on the ground. A little girl, aged 10 or 11, who was holding the poodle on a leash while this happened, started wailing while, according to the eyewitness, the Staffordshire Terrier’s owner and his children simply walked off after the incident.
“It was just horrific. My children have got to live with having seen this,” the lady eyewitness was quoted as saying.
The event, sponsored by Pedigree and Whiskas, was in its 24th year. A spokeswoman for the organisers was quoted as saying: “We are greatly saddened at the loss of the family’s pet dog and extend our sympathy to them all. While every precaution is taken to ensure a calm environment, each pet is ultimately the responsibility of its handler throughout the event.”
The pet show was held at the Sevens Stadium and was reportedly attended by over 35,000 animal lovers.